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Anglican Prayer Beads

Anglican prayer beads are a loop of strung beads which are used as a focus for prayer. They were developed in the mid-1980s by Episcopalians participating in a study group dealing with methods of prayer and have since been adapted by Protestants such as Lutherans and Methodists, thus giving rise to the term "Christian Prayer Beads." The concept of Christian Prayer Beads is rejected by other Protestants on the grounds that either they are not mentioned in the Bible or that Roman Catholics use rosaries which resemble these beads.

The thirty-three beads are divided into groups. There are four groups consisting of seven beads with additional separate and larger beads separating the groups. The number thirty-three signifies the number of years that Christ lived on the Earth, while the number seven signifies wholeness or completion in the faith, the days of creation, and the seasons of the Church year.

Unlike the traditional rosary used by Roman Catholics to pray to the Virgin Mary and focus on the seminal events in the life of Christ, Anglican prayer beads are most often used as a tactile aid to prayer. The usual pattern of prayer starts with the cross, followed by the "Invitatory" Bead, and subsequently, the first Cruciform bead, then moving right around the circle, the prayers on the Weeks beads are said. One may conclude by saying the Lord's prayer on the Invitatory bead. Some users pray the entire circle thrice, which signifies the Holy Trinity. There are numerous variations of the particular prayers used with Anglican prayer beads.

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Sat, Oct 9th - 8:08AM

Lambeth Conference

In 1867 the Lambeth Palace became the site of the Lambeth Conference, a decennial meeting of the bishops of the Anglican Communion under the presidency of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 76 bishops attended.

The latest conference, the fourteenth, took place between 16 July – 4 August 2008 at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus. Presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, it had over 650 bishops attending.

As the Anglican Communion is an international association of national and regional churches and not a governing body, Lambeth Conferences serve a collaborative and consultative function, expressing 'the mind of the communion' on issues of the day. Resolutions which a Lambeth Conference may pass are without legal effect, but they are nonetheless influential.

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